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Evemail - should I abandon project after the release of CCP's app?

Vex Munda
Anti Enslavement Movement
#1 - 2016-11-08 22:59:07 UTC

I would like to hear some opinions. Two days ago I started development of a website for handling EVE-mail (both mobile and desktop). Basically it would be a CREST-based website for handling EVE-mail. Now CCP released their own version in app form. It seems to do quite a bunch of things I intended to do. At the moment I am a bit discouraged because of this. Should I throw the towel in the ring (and maybe move on to other things) or should I invest more time in the project anyway?


  • Probably a better UI than CCP's app.
  • Easier accessible because no download would be required.
  • Slightly more (mail focused) advanced functions than CCP's app.


  • Directly 'competing' with CCP's official app.
  • Less variety in functions than CCP's app.

I'd love to hear your view on it!
Estrale Frontiers
#2 - 2016-11-09 15:37:10 UTC
If you find it interesting to do, then go for it. Often nice to have a bit of competition too, for both parties, a bit of friendly rivalry usually ends up with both improving.


#3 - 2016-11-09 16:47:53 UTC
Go for it and continue to work on it.
Anybody not (currently) having access to a compatible device will probably appreceiate it. As well as those who prefer an app they can access from more resources than just a mobile.

And the "probably better UI" isvery intriguing, as well as the often benefits of some (friendly) competition.
Althalus Stenory
Flying Blacksmiths
#4 - 2016-11-09 17:17:22 UTC
Keep going, but use the ESI API if you have what you need there, so you won't have to switch later :)

EsiPy - Python 2.7 / 3.3+ Swagger Client based on pyswagger for ESI

David Davaham
Deep Blue Logistics
#5 - 2016-11-10 00:39:48 UTC
Hey Man,

I am working on my own EVE Mail client. Some words of encouragement that I can give is just do it. Do for the experience. Do it for the knowledge that you'll gain from it. Do it for the pure excitement that will be had for the working. That is why I code. I personally could give **** if somebody else has built the exact samething before. I want to build it myself just so that I can say that I have built something like this before. And then, when you done. Whether you publish it or not. Save it to a portfolio so that you can show it off later on down the line to some employer or friend.

Yup, so that is my 2cent.

Adios and Gud Luck


Developer of EVEmail

Vex Munda
Anti Enslavement Movement
#6 - 2016-11-10 22:01:16 UTC
Thanks everyone for the encouraging words! I think I will try to stick with the project. The ESI API already seems way better documented, than CREST (thanks for mentioning it).

The main thing that is ahead of me now is figuring out the way SSO and authentication works (and a lot of tinkering in the design).

David Davaham
Deep Blue Logistics
#7 - 2016-11-10 23:38:05 UTC
Vex Munda wrote:

The main thing that is ahead of me now is figuring out the way SSO and authentication works (and a lot of tinkering in the design).

Hey!!! I remember that day when I designed the sign in page for my alliance website. Have fun mate. Ask questions if you need help.

Developer of EVEmail